Rural residents may be asked to contribute more to aquatic centre through taxation

The regional district will be taking a new look at who gets taxed for the running of the aquatic centre and who doesn't, as renovations proceed through the spring and summer.

A $4.9 million renovation to the aquatic centre will start in April, shutting down the use of the pool until the fall. In the meantime, Nelson and surrounding rural areas will revamp their process for deciding how much some of the rural areas will pay in taxes to support the facility. 

Currently, citizens in some rural areas don’t pay anything, although some of their residents use the facilities. Everyone pays the same at the aquatic centre door, taxed or not, regardless of where they live.

MP promotes affordable child care plan

MP promotes affordable child care plan

NDP leader Tom Mulcair has recently launched a plan for affordable childcare in Canada.  It is no secret that Quebec has the most affordable childcare in the country, and Tom, as a former Quebec cabinet minister, witnessed the success affordable childcare played in helping families and boosting the economy of the province.  His plan would build on the Quebec model to bring quality, accessible childcare to all of Canada.

Nelson council replaces dog ban with leash law

The map above shows the area of downtown in which off-leash dogs will be prohibited. The new bylaw will come into effect later this spring.

Under a new bylaw passed by council on February 2, dogs will be allowed in Nelson’s downtown provided they are on a leash of six feet in length or less. This will overturn the downtown dog ban that has been in effect since 1989.

The leash area will be larger than the current dog ban area, extending further down Baker to the west and Vernon to the east (see map above.)

The new bylaw provides the following penalties for a first offence within the leash area (with higher fines for subsequent offences):

Rossland Gets a New Zone; Some "In Camera" Info Released

Rossland Gets a New Zone;  Some "In Camera" Info Released

Rossland City Council  meeting, January 26, 2015

Present:  Mayor Kathy Moore, and Councillors Lloyd McLellan, John Greene, Andrew Zwicker, Marten Kruysse, and Aaron Cosbey.  Councillor Andy  Morel came in slightly late, and Aaron Cosbey left for a brief interval.

No one appeared for Public Input Period, and there were no delegations.

Nelson raises household water and sewer rate by $24.30 per year

Nelson continues to impose annual increases to fund a 25-year, multi-million dollar plan to replace deteriorating water and sewer pipes in the city (Photo: Water, FlickrCC)

Nelson’s residential water rates will increase by 3% and sewer rates by 2% for 2015, as follows:


2014 rate

2015 rate

Net change







RDCK pitches in to complete the Trans Canada Trail

A map of the Trans Canada Trail as it winds through the Regional District of Central Kootenay.

If all goes well, a 25 year dream will be completed in 2017,  just in time for Canada’s 150th birthday party, when the East and West Kootenays are linked to the Trans Canada Trail (TCT).

To date, nearly 17,000 kilometres of the trail---hailed as the longest recreational trail in the world--- are operational, which is 75 percent of the proposed route. Four out of five Canadians live within 30 minutes of the Trail.

Camping to cost more after province raises rates

Campers can expect to pay more when Kokanee Creek Park opens in the spring.

The province says to maintain high service levels in B.C. provincial parks for an increasing number of visitors, it's raising camping fees as of March 15, 2015.

"British Columbia’s world-renowned parks provide superb recreational opportunities for visitors from throughout the province and around the world. From diverse terrain to temperate climate, our parks are truly a unique treasure," said Mary Polak, Minister of Environment in a media release.

Former CBC radio host Jo-Ann Roberts seeks Green Party nomination

Former CBC radio host Jo-Ann Roberts (right) is pictured with Green Party leader Elizabeth May following Saturday's announcement. — Photo courtesy Twitter

Former CBC radio host Jo-Ann Roberts announced in Victoria Saturday she is seeking a federal nomination for the Green Party in Victoria for the upcoming federal election.

“Victoria is a green city and it's time for a Green MP,” Roberts said on Twitter.

A native of Prince Edward Island, Roberts has worked for CBC on and off since 1978.

Before moving to British Columbia, Roberts spent 10 years hosting CBC Radio's morning show in Moncton, N.B.

Nelson lawyer threatens city with court action over dog bylaw

David Aaron has been ticketed three times for walking downtown with his  dog, Abi (pictured above), and he's taking action to get the tickets cancelled and the law overturned.

Nelson lawyer David Aaron intends to take the city to court unless it either rescinds or stops enforcing the dog bylaw, which he says is unconstitutional. In a letter to Nelson police chief Wayne Holland and Mayor Deb Kozak on Monday, he said he will file court documents on May 1 unless satisfactory changes are made.

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